The misconstrued perception that the UAE over Ramadan is a slow and lazy time, with little to nothing going on, is extremely out of date.
Those in the UAE over Ramadan will notice it is a hive of activity with various launches, events and offers ripe for the picking. From the traditional Arabic fair to all American diners hosting delicious set menus in a courteous nod to the holy months traditions, Ramadan provides a rich tapestry of foodie experiences for gourmands looking to try something new.
Here is the TOH TOP 20 Ramadan Roundup of best eats in the UAE streets this Ramadan.
The iconic dining destination, is offering a sumptuous Iftar menu inspired by the oceans of the world. A selection of seafood inspired dishes with an authentic Arabic twist. The 5 course menu is priced at AED 270, making this an unmissable opportunity to experience the elegance of Pierchic.
- Zeng He’s
Zheng He’s, the contemporary Chinese restaurant located in Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, treats guests to a special iftar menu that offers a variety of quintessentially oriental preparations, offering a true reflection of Chinese cuisine. Price xx
- Atrium Restaurant – Grand Millennium
The five star hotel located in Al Barsha, will be celebrating this Ramadan and Eid with traditional specials at the Atrium, with an authentically Arabian Iftar and a special Eid lunch throughout the Holy month.
From sunset, enjoy an irresistible Iftar buffet experience which will feature a delicious variety of Mediterranean and International dishes, live cooking stations, and Arabic beverages and desserts for only AED 129 per person. Live Entertainment will be available. Children between 6 and 12 years will get a 50% discount and kids between 6 are free of charge.
- Kitchen6 – JW Marriott Marquis
Experience an international Iftar in the award-winning Kitchen6 restaurant, featuring six live cooking stations, Kitchen6 presents Asian woks, Middle Eastern grills, European roasts, authentic Indian cuisine, an organic section and the world class Kitchen6 dessert buffet. Described on Trip Advisor as ‘a must try’, ‘food heaven’ and ‘first class food’.
Priced at AED 195 per person. Children below 6 years dine complimentary and 50% discount for children between 7-21 years of age.
- Rang Mahal
For an Iftar with a difference, Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar is hosting a sumptuous Iftar with 11 dishes celebrating the heritage of Indian cuisine infused with a modern twist. Atul’s ethos is showcased through his use of fresh and sustainable ingredients, resulting in an authentic yet excitedly modern Indian cuisine, reflecting the culinary diversity of his native country. With a fresh approach to a diverse and rich cuisine, the unique Iftar menu at Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar will impress everyone from fine dining connoisseurs to lovers of traditional Indian cuisine, providing a feast for the senses. Price is AED 325 per person with a 50% discount for children between 7-12.
- Al Fanous Lounge at Dubai Ballroom – Jw Marriott Marquis
The iconic Dubai Ballroom is transformed for Ramadan into an opulent Al Fanous Lounge of white, gold and royal blue, a stunning setting to share Iftar and Sohour. Classic Arabian cuisine is served by award-winning chefs and large LCD’s screen Ramadan series. Live Oud players create a special ambience, ideal for relaxing and spending time with loved ones on the occasion of Ramadan.
Price: Iftar – AED 195 per person, from sunset to 8.30pm. Sohour is served à la carte from 9.00pm. Children below six years dine complimentary. 50% discount for children between 7 and 12 years of age. Sohour: 21 years and above
- Farzi Café
This Ramadan, Farzi Café is offering customers an immersive dining experience in a world of rich flavours. The Iftar menu, Designed by the Chef, skillfully embraces Eastern essences with modern innovative twists on classic Indian and Arabic dishes. Farzi Café, derived from the word “Farzi” which means “creating an illusion”, has showcased such techniques through its unique culinary philosophy. This vision is clearly articulated in the restaurant’s Iftar menu, as well as its A La carte menu, which will be available for Suhoor. Farzi is offering Iftar at AED 125++ per adult, AED 75++ for children up to 10 years of age and free for children below 3 years of age. The A La Carte menu will also be available for guests during Iftar and Suhoor. Suhoor will be served until 1:30am.
- Pai Thai
Overlooking the scenic waterways of Madinat Jumeirah, Pai Thai restaurant offers a culinary exploration of Thai culture while respecting the classic tradition of Iftar with a specially designed Ramadan menu offering for the 2016 Holy month. Highlights of the special Iftar menu include: Yam Phed Oob, a scrumptious Smoke Duck Salad with Onion, Tomato, Coriander, Thai Celery and Thai Chili Dressing; Kha Noom Pang Na Goong; Crispy Breads; Mince Prawns accompanied by delectable Garlic, Coriander, and Water Chestnut in Sweet Chili Sauce and beautifully presented Taley Phad Cha, a Stir-fried Mix Seafood with Coconut Shoots, Lesser Ginger, Capsicum, Kaffir lime leave, Green Pepper Corn, Onion and a spicy Red Chili Oyster Sauce.
9. Bistro Des Arts
Bistro Des Arts, the authentic French Bistro in the heart of Dubai Marina, is open from 7.30AM for the whole of Ramadan. Come in to taste their freshly baked bread and croissants every morning during the holy month, or try a different dish every day with their Plat Du Jour lunch menu. This playful line-up features seven daily dishes that will take your taste buds on a tour of classic French cuisine. Bistro Des Arts will be serving until 11pm where evening diners can feast on their favourite French classics, including Moules Mariniers, and their award winning Gourmet Duck Burger. Bistro Des Arts invites customers to embrace their all day menu and join them over the Ramadan month.
10. Al Falamanki
Al Falamanki’s timeless and solid concept has made it a success story in a short period, setting high standards in the Lebanese market. Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Falamanki will be offering a varied selection of appetizers and mains, ideal for breaking the fast with family and loved ones. For the appetizers, the venue will be serving traditional dishes such as Hashed Chicken, Summac Potatoes, Cheese Rolls, and Fried Kibbe. Main dishes will be a choice from the ‘special’ selection, or the Ramadan daily dishes.
Enjoy an all American Iftar experience at FIREBIRD DINER by Michael Mina for an unforgettable way to break your fast. The fun and lively venue which is the latest restaurant to open in the DIFC plays tribute to the iconic American eatery of the 1950s, delivering a timeless dining experience for all. The concept, in keeping with customary style, will present sharing platters to be enjoyed with friends and family, chosen from a set sharing menu of gourmet interpretations of wholesome American cuisine.
- Tesoro and Treehouse – Taj Hotel
Tesoro will be showcasing a fresh and contemporary take on the traditional Iftar for AED195 per head perfect for groups of friends and family to indulge in throughout the holy month. Enjoy everything from live-cooking manakish, lamb ouzi, shawarma, Arabic ice cream, date smoothies and rosewater mocktails and chocolate fondue together with some Indian classic dishes too, whilst taking in the view Downtown Dubai.
From Tesoro move into Treehouse, where a breathtaking transparent tent will encase the evening. Enjoy shisha, board games, and an a la carte Suhoor whilst you relax beneath the twinkly warm lights and an uninterrupted view of the world’s tallest building!
- Vesna Restaurant & Lounge
Vesna Restaurant & Lounge located at stunning Conrad Hotel is the epitome of chic dining combined with a vibrant social scene unlike any other the city has to offer. To mark the holy month of Ramadan, Vesna has created a special Arabic inspired dessert named the Arabian dream to mark the occasion. Guest with a refined taste for delicacies can enjoy the Hot Date Pudding with pistachios and caramel sauce served with homemade ice cream during the entire month of Ramadan or chose from the available A La Carte menu. Vesna sets the scene for an idyllic spot to enjoy a luxurious, non-traditional Iftar experience with friends and loved ones.
Named after the traditional Arabian marketplace, Suq, invites guests into a warm and inviting atmosphere with its arabesque appeal, a sumptuous setting that boasts both an indoor restaurant area and tented lounge seating. Offering Iftar and Suhour daily throughout the holy month from 6pm to 9pm, priced at AED 225 per person. Children up to the age of 12 years old will receive 50% off. Suhour is available daily from 10pm to 2am from 6 June to 7 July 2016, and is priced at AED 190 per person. Shisha is available upon request.
- KATANA DUBAI Katana Dubai
L.A. glamour, Japanese flavor and hot summer nights in Dubai…
As the summer sun sets over the cityscape of Downtown Dubai, experience a shareable Katana feast in a unique and one-of-a-kind space with a super creative feel enhanced by hand-painted murals. The Summer Nights signature set menu option is teaming with tempting Asian treats to savour into the night, starting from AED 180.
Dine at Mayfair’s prestigious Asian influenced restaurant and don’t miss out on the action as the Euro 2016 games makes for an enticing backdrop to a delicious evening with friends. Novikov’s opulent lounge allows for a glamorous setting to enjoy the Euro highlights, allowing football enthusiasts a treat whilst others will enjoy dining in peace without the usual rowdy crowds and loud speakers blaring out the score.
Too hot to leave the house? Over the holy month of Ramadan enjoy Iftar surrounded by friends and family in the comfort of your own home. Deliveroo’s hassle free service provides a fresh approach to the usual Iftar experience with a wide variety of cuisines and restaurant choices – delivered with love to various neighborhoods and locations in and around Dubai.
For those looking for a delicious Iftar at a family friendly rate should head to their nearest Citimax. From AED 30 the hotel is offering lavish and traditional Iftars that will have the whole family feeling very content.
The award-winning food chain from Beirut, is perfect for those looking to enjoy authentic Lebanese food within the comfort of their homes. The quick, casual service restaurant has designed an Iftar Box, consisting of traditional Levantine dishes. Made up of lentil soup, French fries, combo salad, hummus, intakli bread, and a drink of choice, the Iftar Box comes at the very reasonable price of AED 39.
It is just business as usual at this world-renowned restaurant, but Cipriani is too lovely to leave out. Lunch is open throughout the holy month, and dinner is as buzzing as ever!
Ramadan Kareem from Team Toh